HAVING reached the highest level of football in their history, Brocton will start life in the Midland Football League (Alliance) without their most successful manager.
Boss John Berks, who led the Badgers to the Midland Combination Premier in April, has stepped down after a three-year spell with the Silkmore Lane outfit due to increased business commitments.
“It is with great disappointment that I have had to take the decision to step aside,” said Berks, who is a director of a Penkridge based recruitment business. He helped put Brocton very much on the non-league map and added: “It was a heartbreak decision.”
However, Berks has helped put together a new management team from within the club and has accepted the role of club ambassador, keeping his links with the development of football within the club.
Chairman Brian Townsend said: “The club is most grateful for what John has achieved over the last three years. Following his decision to step down from the manager’s role Brocton are pleased to announce a new management team.
“It was felt there was enough talent within the club to form a team that would carry on the excellent work that was achieved last season by winning the Midland Combination title.”
The new management team will comprise three current players, led by John’s brother Dave Berks (manager), with Andy Bourne (assistant) and Paul McMahon (coach). Ian Moffett is goalkeeping coach.
In John Berks' spell as manager, Brocton also won the league cup, were runners-up in the Walsall Senior Cup and the club also enjoyed their best ever FA Vase and FA Cup runs.
Of course the icing on the cake came last season when they lifted the Midland Combination Premier championship, so winning promotion to the fifth step of non-league football for their first time in their history.
Former Stafford Rangers player Dave Berks now has the task of leading Brocton into a new era. With the squad reporting back for training soon, pre-season games lined up are: July - 5 v FC Stafford, 12 v Redgate Clayton, 19 v Shawbury, 24 v Wolves Casuals (all away), 26 v Stapenhill (home) and Stone Old Alleynians (home).